Death and dying – it’s not easy to talk about it but it does happen to all of us and a free conference on Tuesday 13 July, 10am to 3pm, at the Jurys Inn, will address the issues that people prefer not to discuss.
Organised by Swindon Local Involvement Network (LINk) in association with NHS Swindon and Prospect Hospice, there will be presentations, discussions, displays and information and opportunities to talk about some of the things we least want to think about.
Jo Osorio,Swindon LINk coordinator said, “there’s a good reason to talk about death and dying, not easy by any means but the sooner we talk to people we care about or those who care about us, the more likely it is that our wishes will be respected.”
Some 2,119 people died in Swindon last year, just over half in hospital and yet, given half a chance, many might have preferred to be cared for in the comfort of their home with all the support that could have been available.
Experiences vary; no two are the same so the challenge for health and care services is to know what people would prefer as they reach the last months or weeks – and then try to ensure those wishes are respected.
All aspects of death and dying and the technicalities that usually cause huge confusion for the family at a time of distress – like how to find the registrar, arranging a funeral, organ donations – will be looked at.
The event is free but booking is essential. To find out how to really live well when you know that you’re going to die, call 497777 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org